Ketcham family home movies. Home scenes, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania and road trips to Colorado, 1941 and 1942, and Florida, 1941.
Rodney K. Ketcham Collection:
This large collection of 8mm and 16mm amateur films by Rodney Kenneth Ketcham is familial, yet international, in scope, showing both travel throughout the United States and abroad and domestic home movie scenes. Content notes are from Dr. Ketcham’s daughter Jerri Ketcham McDermott.
Dr. Rodney Kenneth Ketcham (1909-2002), grew up in Lestershire, New York. Dr. Ketcham was a Cornell graduate (B.A. 1929, M.A. 1930, Ph.D. 1938), teaching high school in Windsor, NY, and serving as a reader and assistant at Cornell to pay his way through graduate school. He found a position teaching Romance Languages at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, in 1938. During World War II the Army instead assigned him to teach math at Geneva to newly incoming GIs. After the war, he returned home to become a founding faculty member at Triple Cities College (TCC) in Endicott. In the 1950s, TCC joined the State University of New York system as Harpur College (now Binghamton University), and later moved to a new campus across the Susquehanna River in Vestal, NY. Dr. Ketcham became full professor, teaching French, Spanish, and German, and also served as chairman of the Foreign Languages Department, first at Geneva, then at Harpur College, and later at SUNY Cortland. Dr. Ketcham’s expertise in many languages and his love of nature, culture, and foreign climes led to his being a lifetime world traveler and photographer. Dr. Ketcham used his pictures of foreign landscapes, cityscapes, and, in particular, signs, to enrich his classes, giving both a language lesson and the flavor of the countryside to students who had never traveled abroad. He was also a popular presenter at local schools, clubs, and travel groups.
People appearing include: Rodney Kenneth Ketcham; wife: Helen Robinson Ketcham; son: Dale Ketcham & wife Jeanne Ann Means; their children Janet & Stuart; daughter: Jerri (Jerrine) Ketcham McDermott; brother: Henry Crocker Ketcham & wife Alice Myers Ketcham; their children Walter & Bruce; parents: Louis B. Ketcham & Edith Crocker Ketcham; aunts & uncles: Henry Hathaway Ketcham; Herman & Verna Ketcham; their daughter Vera Atwater & her children Nancy & Betsy; Grant & Ella Crocker; Helen’s parents: Charles & Irene Bross; Helen’s maternal grandmother Addie Wolcott & husband Amos Wolcott; Addie’s later companion John Emert (“Grandpa John”); Helen’s brother: Robert Robinson
Original films and copyright held by the Center for Home Movies.
Newborn Dale, 6th Avenue, Beaver Falls PA
George & Irene McCalmon, son Byron
Colorado trip, summer 1941
Home of James Whitcomb Riley
US Mint, Denver
Dale’s early steps at Boulder house
University of Colorado, Boulder
Estes Park and views of Rockies
Dale, Ken, Helen at highest point of Trail Ridge Road
Grand Lake Village
Dale and Helen by streams, Mrs. Blanchard
Western ghost town, Buffalo Bill’s grave
Rodeo, Arabian horses
Dale walking at Coxes (relatives)
Colorado trip, summer 1942
World’s largest well
Graves at Boot Hill
Royal Gorge, Pikes Peak
Garden of the Gods
Will Rogers shrine, hairpin turns, bison
Parade (probably July 4th)
Florida trip, Easter 1941
Maryland Public Works Administration project
Washington DC cherry blossoms
Mother in hat
Cooper River Bridge, Charleston
St. Augustine, Palm Beach
Orange juice stand
Bok Singing Tower, flamingos at Cypress Gardens
Pass-a-Grille Beach, staying with Beaver Falls neighbor M. Ingram, founder of Ing-Rich Co.
Ingram’s Spanish Colonial mansion with maid
Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA
February 18, 2014 Subject:
The clip that interested me starts on US Route 40 in
Pancake, PA @ 1:11:02. It looks like a trip to Florida
has been planned. The video proceeds down US 40 past a wrecked truck. A sign showing speed limits in Maryland. Then a P.W.A. sign for construction of a high school in Frostburg, MD. Then Jumps to the Jefferson Memorial in D.C., then shots of Washington Monument, and Lincoln Memorial.
Then you find yourself going east on Washington Boulevard in Baltimore, approaching Monroe Street and the HUGE Montgomery Ward store, which was the largest in America at the time.
Then you find yourself in Baltimore's inner harbor, where our travellers find themselves on the steamer, President Warfield, which was named for S. Davies Warfield, president of Old Bay Line. At that time it shuttled between Baltimore and Norfolk, VA, and that is where they appear to be headed.
The historically interesting thing is that the President Warfield was sold to the Jews who renamed it "Exodus 1947", and it was the ship which inspired the novel, "The Exodus", and the film that followed. It was used to ferry immigrants to Palestine.
It looks like from Norfolk, our travellers make a stop at Myrtle Beach, on their way to Florida.